In general, I am more interested in bottom up practices of healing. That is, healing practices that help us to connect with the deep structures of brain and mind and free them from narrow or extreme patterns of functioning. I am interested in practices that liberate the structures, energies, wisdoms from their narrow and extreme modes of functioning. IFS, EMDR and other brain integration techniques, and Bruce Ecker’s Coherence Therapy, are a few modes of therapy that transform our brain-mind from the bottom up.
I do have a renewed interest in what I call top down modes of healing. Current brain research shows that the brain changes when we meditate. Current research in neuroplasticity demonstrates that we can use properly targeted cognitive-behavioral techniques to directly impact brain functioning. Positive psychology helps change the overall climate and habits of our brain/mind.
So, it seems we need to work from the both directions if we are to optimize our bio-psycho-spiritual health.